Pace / performing arts for crisis in Europe

PACE Project Performing Arts for Crisis in Europe is a Learning platform for the European cohesion

The project involves : La Transplanisphère (France, coordinator) – The International Theatre (Italy) – Visões Úteis (Portugal) – Project Art Centre (Ireland) – Teatermaskinen (Sweden) – Mezzanine Spectacle (France) in cooperation With Panteion University Drama Center (Greece)

The PACE Learning Partnership associates theatrical organisations from Greece, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Sweden and France. It has been designed in the context of the European Debt Crisis.

The participants met in Athens (Panteion University Drama Center) in February 2012 to finalize the project together through a preparatory visit.The involved organizations share an interest in questioning political and geopolitical issues in their projects, especially through workshops for adults. Continue reading

Rec>ON (reconciliation)


European artistic and civic cooperation project between Turkey, Armenia, Germany and France

How to give an artistic dimension to a very sensitive european debate, usually handled by the politic field?
How to allow citizens from 4 different countries to appropriate together the reconciliation question and transform it in an artistic piece, opened an stimulating?

The project aim is to associate artists, young people and representatives of the civil society from Armenia, Germany, Turkey and France. They operate a common reflection through a multidisciplinary stage performance, associated with actions involving the public (workshops, debates, meetings…). With this common experience, citizens from Europe and Europe frontiers try to cast off geographical, historical or psychological limits to question together the reconciliation idea.


The project is twofold:

• a play involving artists symbolizing all four countries will be written, staged and performed, using not only theatre but music and video art. The play is written during the process, using the four languages. It is rehearsed then performed in Yerevan (Armenia), before touring in the three other partner countries.
• Each stage of the project is linked to workshops, personalities interviews and a public debate. Bridges are built up between the performers and the audience partly through workshops under the supervision of the artists involved. In order to create a dialogue with a wider audience, the project works with partners in each country, such as high schools and universities.
• The two sides of the project are constantly intersect during its creation. A documentary film is shot to follow the project different stages.

It is not indispensable to always have the same point of view ; no one can prevent us from becoming more intelligent.
Konrad Adenauer

None of us play anything else than the chords we already know. Why could we not rebuild our common memory by transforming this monologue into a dialogue?
Hrant Dink

Itw Cengiz Aktar / 4. Reconciliation / webdoc… par brunofrey

Itw Sevak Artsruni / 4. Future / Webdoc Rec>ON par brunofrey

Itw Christoff Bleidt / The Descendants and the… par brunofrey

Making a shared future possible The first half of the twentieth century witnessed Europe’s involvement in the most destructive wars in history. But the second half has shown us a new vision, with for the first time the creation of a community of countries capable of exchanging ideas, building new bonds and moving forward together. One of the key words of this process was reconciliation. This reconciliation involved countries barely recovering from the war, still torn asunder by civil conflicts: it was about accepting the other and our differences to create a better future. The Franco-German reconciliation is often thought of as the basis of the European Union, and today’s generation of Europeans take it for granted. Need we however remind ourselves just how difficult to achieve such an alliance was? All throughout the process, citizens took the initiative and created new cooperations, especially in the domains of education and culture.

About The Descendants / Rec>ON webdoc par brunofrey

These actions became catalysers for innovating ways of working together, often independently from political decisions. Since its creation, every time the European Union integrates a new country, the question of how the different nations composing the Union interact becomes essential. In the case of the integration of Turkey in the Union, relations between France and Turkey, Germany and Turkey, are at the heart of a heated debate, since these countries share a rich political, cultural and migratory history. By extension, the question of the relationship of Turkey to its neighbours must be asked, and most notably with Armenia, since reconciliation between these two countries has just been launched. It is still an extremely complex situation, since the political and economic goals are very important, but it has never evolved as much as during these last few years.

Turkey, Armenia, Germany, and France: four countries with complex, special bonds; four points of view on the idea of reconciliation, on the means necessary to protect or provoke it; a common realisation that without reconciliation, no shared future is possible. It is not necessary to always have the same point of view ; no one can prevent us from becoming more intelligent.


World Crisis Theatre

World Crisis Theatre proposes a meeting of professional artists and young people coming from different countries in Europe. Their common goal is the creation of two plays dealing with the 2008 financial crisis and the present one, together with organising public activities.

The project is inspired the The Power of Yes, a play by British playwright David Hare. The Power of Yes was an investigative theatrical documentary at the heart of the financial crisis as it was lived in Great Britain. The global 2008 crisis has become a sort of turning one and by turn the European citizens are either victims or judges of their neighbours’ crisis. It is one of the project’s strength to enable the confrontation of the points of view coming from the different participating countries, a crossed vision between the peoples. Continue reading

Stuff happens



2008-2010 With the creation of Stuff Happens by David Hare, the company worked on the period from 9.11 to Iraq in terms of relations between the Western leaders. Premiered in Paris (CDN Nanterre-Amandiers) then in the National Popular Theatre (Villeurbanne-Lyon). The play has been shoot by National TV France 2. Bruno Freyssinet hosted 25 workshops and courses conducted in Paris and Lyon regions for schools, universities and adults amateurs workshops. The experiment was concluded by What Diplomacy For Europe?, a meeting of 50 high school students from Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain and France to debate and create a performance on the future of European diplomacy (with the support of French Ministry of Education).



Stuff happens

Texte David Hare
Texte Français William Nadylam
Mise en scène Bruno Freyssinet et William Nadylam

Lumières   Pascal Noël
Costumes   Olga Bouridah
Assistante à la mise en scène   Sarajeanne Drillaud
Stagiaire assistanat mise en scène   Perrine Malinge
Stagiaire assistanat vidéo   Arthur Navellou
Stagiaire Actions   Julie Grimoud
chargé de production   Daniel Migairou
coordination des actions   compagnie Barbara Thoma

Baptiste Amann   Daniel Berlioux   Olivier Brunhes
Cécile Camp   Alain Carbonnel   Arnaud Décarsin
Aïssatou Diop   Philippe Duclos   Greg Germain
Fabrice Michel   Eric Prat   Alain Rimoux
Vincent Winterhalter   Nathalie Yanoz

More pictures here



David Hare is represented by  Agence MCR, Marie Cécile Renauld, Paris
with Casarotto Ramsay Ltd, London.

Co-production : La Transplanisphère / Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers / TNP-Villeurbanne / Chien Vert ! With the support of la DRAC Ile de France and DICREAM / Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication. With the participation Jeune Théâtre National, de l’ENSATT et du FIJAD

Avec l’aide du Rectorat de l’Académie de Versailles et d’ARCADI pour les actions artistiques en Ile de France. En partenariat avec le lycée professionnel Jules Verne de Sartrouville et l’IEP Sciences Po Paris.

One Land Many Faces

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OLMF visuel Sept15 copie

How to question european identity through an international experience made of workshops and performances ? During summer 2015, a bunch of european artists representing several of the many faces of the “old continent” will tour in Spain, UK, Germany, Belgium, France and Hungary, concluding a 2 years experience made of writing workshops, experimental rehearsals and public workshops in Brussels, Berlin, Budapest, Swansea, Vittoria Gasteis and Paris.

A french german woman from Berlin, a belgian women with origins from Hong Kong, a spanish Basque man, a british welshs woman, a french man with congolese roots and an hungarian woman from Budapest.
This is not a joke. It’s the One Land Many Faces perfomers at work together with a french- belgian-austrian artistic team. What is their aim? To question with the audience what make them europeans? How they may tune their identities? How to understand each other? How to create together?

/// trajectories on Europe ///

One Land Many Faces commissioned 5 authors from South Korea, United States, Hungary, Belgium and Germany. Gathered in Berlin in December 13’, they crossed their sight over Europe through a first writing workshop. Then, they habe been visiting the project partners in the Basque Country, Hungary and Wales to draw new inspiration.